The invisible hand of the market, the poison glove of military-industrial intelligence and the iron fist of the state combine and complement each other, their long-term convergence over the past half century creating the singlemost potent coercive force in the world. It has become an ideology of total authority, a force with a monopoly on violence – military foreign and domestic policing – and a stranglehold on law, academia, media, tech, communication, regulation, legislation and financialization. It is the ultimate expression of centralized power.
Three key strategies emanate from this centralized cathedral of market capitalism, military-industrial intelligence and government power monopoly: atomization, identity politics and neoliberalism. Atomization is a divide and rule standard, to defend wealth and the levers of power from middle and working class aspirants. Identity politics is racial and cultural essentialism, smokescreening imperial-capitalist policy via demonisation (or fetishisation) of immigrants, undermining protest at home while outsourcing labour abroad, union busting, pitting nationalism against libertarians, etc etc. Neoliberalism is the petrodollar evolution of ‘free market’ liberal economics, the ideology of the corporate state, an oligopoly of ringfenced expertise and credential cartels, entrenched deep state big business and an incredible complex of information-servers manufacturing consent.